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(Slate)   A look at what happened when a remote Irish island finally got broadband internet. Beyond an epidemic of sprained wrists and several very serious chafing incidents, I mean   (slate.com) divider line
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2021-10-22 8:19:07 PM  
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2021-10-22 8:22:37 PM  
Can you explain, Father Dougal?

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2021-10-22 8:24:04 PM  
Back in the olden days we watched line by line to in order to sprain our wrists.
 
2021-10-22 8:24:30 PM  
Only old, old, old school Farkers/TotalFarkers will remember the "ORLY" thing.....Wife and I were in the west of Ireland, these tiny, tiny, small towns.  pre-smartphone. Cellphones were a "thing" but the US carriers had no service in the UK at the time.

in Dublin and Cork, we'd find internet cafes and they had spotty service.  we'd find the odd internet cafe in Cahookiverceen-upon-Doolin-by-Carrickf​ergus-antrim;  these tiny, little towns.

they had the fastest internet we'd ever seen.

We buy an hour of internet, i send emails to family and friends of how awesome Ireland is, upload some digital pictures, and in my last few minutes, jump on fark.  every farking thread had the ORLY owl.  I was like, "what the fark?"

that's my fun story about shiatty ireland cafes, thank you, I have enriched your life with this enchanting tale.
 
2021-10-22 8:29:15 PM  
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2021-10-22 8:31:31 PM  

rickythepenguin: that's my fun story about shiatty ireland cafes, thank you, I have enriched your life with this enchanting tale.


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Owl story, bro
 
2021-10-22 8:35:19 PM  

rickythepenguin: Only old, old, old school Farkers/TotalFarkers will remember the "ORLY" thing.....

Don't call me old!


Don't call me old!
 
2021-10-22 8:35:32 PM  
And years from now they will do a study about why everyone there is angry and depreased.
 
2021-10-22 8:39:30 PM  
Several residents suddenly had very Strong Opinions on vaccine efficacy?

/DNRTFA
 
2021-10-22 8:46:42 PM  
Just like electricity. Everyone that wants it should have access to reliable and affordable high speed internet
 
2021-10-22 8:47:13 PM  
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Not before time.  Relying on the Cyber Cafe, was getting old.
 
2021-10-22 8:47:16 PM  
They will finally learn about all the conspiracies!
 
2021-10-22 8:48:02 PM  

rickythepenguin: Only old, old, old school Farkers/TotalFarkers will remember the "ORLY" thing.....Wife and I were in the west of Ireland, these tiny, tiny, small towns.  pre-smartphone. Cellphones were a "thing" but the US carriers had no service in the UK at the time.

in Dublin and Cork, we'd find internet cafes and they had spotty service.  we'd find the odd internet cafe in Cahookiverceen-upon-Doolin-by-Carrickf​ergus-antrim;  these tiny, little towns.

they had the fastest internet we'd ever seen.

We buy an hour of internet, i send emails to family and friends of how awesome Ireland is, upload some digital pictures, and in my last few minutes, jump on fark.  every farking thread had the ORLY owl.  I was like, "what the fark?"

that's my fun story about shiatty ireland cafes, thank you, I have enriched your life with this enchanting tale.


Hasn't gone away either!!

https://www.fark.com/comments/1184495​2​/142941139#c142941139

Lol
 
2021-10-22 8:48:39 PM  

Karma Chameleon: And years from now they will do a study about why everyone there is angry and depreased.


I too had my preas removed a while ago.  I feel more at peace and my flatulence has stopped acting out at unfortunate times.
 
2021-10-22 8:49:11 PM  
Sadness there is no Sheep Shagging tag on PornHub?
 
2021-10-22 8:49:49 PM  

rickythepenguin: Only old, old, old school Farkers/TotalFarkers will remember the "ORLY" thing.....Wife and I were in the west of Ireland, these tiny, tiny, small towns.  pre-smartphone. Cellphones were a "thing" but the US carriers had no service in the UK at the time.

in Dublin and Cork, we'd find internet cafes and they had spotty service.  we'd find the odd internet cafe in Cahookiverceen-upon-Doolin-by-Carrickf​ergus-antrim;  these tiny, little towns.

they had the fastest internet we'd ever seen.

We buy an hour of internet, i send emails to family and friends of how awesome Ireland is, upload some digital pictures, and in my last few minutes, jump on fark.  every farking thread had the ORLY owl.  I was like, "what the fark?"

that's my fun story about shiatty ireland cafes, thank you, I have enriched your life with this enchanting tale.


Which is older, ORLY or Ha Ha guy?


/ Been here since 2004ish
 
2021-10-22 8:54:15 PM  

stuffy: Sadness there is no Sheep Shagging tag on PornHub?


I thought the Scots were the sheep shaggers? I'm confused....
 
2021-10-22 8:54:16 PM  
rickythepenguin:.... the US carriers had no service in the UK at the time.

in Dublin and Cork, we'd find internet cafes and they had spotty service.....


Careful now.   Someone might think you meant to imply that Ireland is part of the UK.
 
2021-10-22 9:00:54 PM  

Rereading TekWar: rickythepenguin:.... the US carriers had no service in the UK at the time.

in Dublin and Cork, we'd find internet cafes and they had spotty service.....

Careful now.   Someone might think you meant to imply that Ireland is part of the UK.


Down with that sort of thing!

/that would be an ecumenical matter
 
2021-10-22 9:01:26 PM  
He, like Barry Flanagan-who now works to deliver broadband to rural areas, including some that aren't part of the government's plans, using wireless technologies-firmly believes the more isolated areas should be the starting point for connectivity initiatives, and that connecting those areas is the key to sustainable change in Ireland and elsewhere in the world.
"If you can get your rural communities to survive, society as a whole can survive," he says.


How charming.  A bunch of Google, Facebook, and Amazon employees can move there and take over the place.  "sustainable change" my ass.  It's more of the same--the rich get richer and take more, while they use their tech to sell even more shiat.
The poor can have whatever is left, and by the way, the elites  need some farking coffee and sandwiches  for their  busy, important lives.  They're job providers.

How narcissistic are you when you automatically think that your  presence and your "change" makes everything better?
Cancer is a change.  it changes your life.
 
2021-10-22 9:04:25 PM  
"I'll mend the fence once I convince BlackandTan69 what a piece of shiat thatcher was!"
 
2021-10-22 9:07:10 PM  

cryinoutloud: He, like Barry Flanagan-who now works to deliver broadband to rural areas, including some that aren't part of the government's plans, using wireless technologies-firmly believes the more isolated areas should be the starting point for connectivity initiatives, and that connecting those areas is the key to sustainable change in Ireland and elsewhere in the world.
"If you can get your rural communities to survive, society as a whole can survive," he says.

How charming.  A bunch of Google, Facebook, and Amazon employees can move there and take over the place.  "sustainable change" my ass.  It's more of the same--the rich get richer and take more, while they use their tech to sell even more shiat.
The poor can have whatever is left, and by the way, the elites  need some farking coffee and sandwiches  for their  busy, important lives.  They're job providers.

How narcissistic are you when you automatically think that your  presence and your "change" makes everything better?
Cancer is a change.  it changes your life.


Wow, who pissed in your Cheerios? Most rural people would love to get broadband, my parents had satellite internet until 2014, where they finally got DSL. This is in the states, mind you, 5 miles from a state capitol. For small business owners and tourism, it's a great booster to be able to get the word out. Also gives more flexibility to remote workers. And so what if an Amazon worker chooses to live remotely? They spend their cash in the local economy same as anyone else. No one is moving there in droves, rural life isn't for everyone. Take a Valium, damn.
 
2021-10-22 9:07:24 PM  
It'd help if they didn't have such a crappy culture. Outside of drinking, St. Patrick's Day, drinking, leprechauns, and drinking, they've got shiate. Scotland seems to be a lot more fun.
 
2021-10-22 9:12:56 PM  

Schrodinger's toilet trained cat: rickythepenguin: Only old, old, old school Farkers/TotalFarkers will remember the "ORLY" thing.....Wife and I were in the west of Ireland, these tiny, tiny, small towns.  pre-smartphone. Cellphones were a "thing" but the US carriers had no service in the UK at the time.

in Dublin and Cork, we'd find internet cafes and they had spotty service.  we'd find the odd internet cafe in Cahookiverceen-upon-Doolin-by-Carrickf​ergus-antrim;  these tiny, little towns.

they had the fastest internet we'd ever seen.

We buy an hour of internet, i send emails to family and friends of how awesome Ireland is, upload some digital pictures, and in my last few minutes, jump on fark.  every farking thread had the ORLY owl.  I was like, "what the fark?"

that's my fun story about shiatty ireland cafes, thank you, I have enriched your life with this enchanting tale.

Which is older, ORLY or Ha Ha guy?


/ Been here since 2004ish


Ha ha guy.
 
2021-10-22 9:28:03 PM  

rickythepenguin: in Dublin and Cork, we'd find internet cafes and they had spotty service.  we'd find the odd internet cafe in Cahookiverceen-upon-Doolin-by-Carrickf​ergus-antrim;  these tiny, little towns.


For you youngins an "internet cafe" is a library with coffee but without a porn filter
 
2021-10-22 9:31:24 PM  

Soulless Carbon Rod: rickythepenguin: Only old, old, old school Farkers/TotalFarkers will remember the "ORLY" thing.....

Don't call me old!

Don't call me old!


You're both are drunk!
 
2021-10-22 9:31:35 PM  

Eravior: It'd help if they didn't have such a crappy culture. Outside of drinking, St. Patrick's Day, drinking, leprechauns, and drinking, they've got shiate. Scotland seems to be a lot more fun.


Never been to either, have you? Both countries are lovely, with gorgeous landscapes and (generally) nice people. The Irish have better music, though.
 
2021-10-22 9:35:51 PM  
I'm sure they will be watching the greatest Eurosong 1996 video.

My Lovely Horse | Father Ted
Youtube jzYzVMcgWhg
 
2021-10-22 9:37:47 PM  

ChubbyTiger: The Irish have better music, though.


The Irish have their own variation of bagpipes.  Imagine if you tried to make bagpipes after seeing them once, and utterly failing.
 
2021-10-22 9:44:40 PM  
Sweet, I need to hit up their dating site for an Irish redhead who spent time in some Italian and/or Mexican culinary institutions who also knows how to say horrendously dirty things in French. Having Irish blood myself, I'm sure that will be no problem at all.
 
2021-10-22 9:45:07 PM  

Karma Chameleon: And years from now they will do a study about why everyone there is angry and depreased.


Alcohol dependence and the weather have already done that
 
2021-10-22 9:48:16 PM  

Schrodinger's toilet trained cat: rickythepenguin: Only old, old, old school Farkers/TotalFarkers will remember the "ORLY" thing.....Wife and I were in the west of Ireland, these tiny, tiny, small towns.  pre-smartphone. Cellphones were a "thing" but the US carriers had no service in the UK at the time.

in Dublin and Cork, we'd find internet cafes and they had spotty service.  we'd find the odd internet cafe in Cahookiverceen-upon-Doolin-by-Carrickf​ergus-antrim;  these tiny, little towns.

they had the fastest internet we'd ever seen.

We buy an hour of internet, i send emails to family and friends of how awesome Ireland is, upload some digital pictures, and in my last few minutes, jump on fark.  every farking thread had the ORLY owl.  I was like, "what the fark?"

that's my fun story about shiatty ireland cafes, thank you, I have enriched your life with this enchanting tale.

Which is older, ORLY or Ha Ha guy?


/ Been here since 2004ish


The haha guy is a drawing of a pilgrim, take a wild guess
 
2021-10-22 9:49:45 PM  

ChubbyTiger: The Irish have better music, though.


I'm not going to tell you I'm generally familiar with Irish folk music beyond Americanized (or, Canadian in this case) bits but if you've never checked out Loreena McKennitt you're missing out, her catalogue is lovely.

Also, The Corrs outside of their poppy stuff and even some of that as well.

Not the same as Epica but I trust you've got an ear for other types of quality music.

Hell, just realized it'd be a good idea to put some McKennitt on rather than news podcasts as I'm spending a fun night cleaning up the joint.
 
2021-10-22 9:50:06 PM  
Western culture values strange things
 
2021-10-22 9:51:00 PM  

ChubbyTiger: Eravior: It'd help if they didn't have such a crappy culture. Outside of drinking, St. Patrick's Day, drinking, leprechauns, and drinking, they've got shiate. Scotland seems to be a lot more fun.

Never been to either, have you? Both countries are lovely, with gorgeous landscapes and (generally) nice people. The Irish have better music, though.


Spent a couple months in Ireland. What you and I have said aren't mutually exclusive. Sure, the people and land are nice, but their culture's dull.
 
2021-10-22 9:56:26 PM  

chitownmike: Schrodinger's toilet trained cat: rickythepenguin: Only old, old, old school Farkers/TotalFarkers will remember the "ORLY" thing.....Wife and I were in the west of Ireland, these tiny, tiny, small towns.  pre-smartphone. Cellphones were a "thing" but the US carriers had no service in the UK at the time.

in Dublin and Cork, we'd find internet cafes and they had spotty service.  we'd find the odd internet cafe in Cahookiverceen-upon-Doolin-by-Carrickf​ergus-antrim;  these tiny, little towns.

they had the fastest internet we'd ever seen.

We buy an hour of internet, i send emails to family and friends of how awesome Ireland is, upload some digital pictures, and in my last few minutes, jump on fark.  every farking thread had the ORLY owl.  I was like, "what the fark?"

that's my fun story about shiatty ireland cafes, thank you, I have enriched your life with this enchanting tale.

Which is older, ORLY or Ha Ha guy?


/ Been here since 2004ish

The haha guy is a drawing of a pilgrim, take a wild guess


Tricorn hat. A Quaker. Pilgrims were about 100 years before the tricorn.

Zeroth Law: cryinoutloud: He, like Barry Flanagan-who now works to deliver broadband to rural areas, including some that aren't part of the government's plans, using wireless technologies-firmly believes the more isolated areas should be the starting point for connectivity initiatives, and that connecting those areas is the key to sustainable change in Ireland and elsewhere in the world.
"If you can get your rural communities to survive, society as a whole can survive," he says.

How charming.  A bunch of Google, Facebook, and Amazon employees can move there and take over the place.  "sustainable change" my ass.  It's more of the same--the rich get richer and take more, while they use their tech to sell even more shiat.
The poor can have whatever is left, and by the way, the elites  need some farking coffee and sandwiches  for their  busy, important lives.  They're job providers.

How narcissistic are you when you automatically think that your  presence and your "change" makes everything better?
Cancer is a change.  it changes your life.

Wow, who pissed in your Cheerios? Most rural people would love to get broadband, my parents had satellite internet until 2014, where they finally got DSL. This is in the states, mind you, 5 miles from a state capitol. For small business owners and tourism, it's a great booster to be able to get the word out. Also gives more flexibility to remote workers. And so what if an Amazon worker chooses to live remotely? They spend their cash in the local economy same as anyone else. No one is moving there in droves, rural life isn't for everyone. Take a Valium, damn.


Not to mention the fact that the science teacher can show a live rocket launch or show real time spacecraft data in classes. People can finally binge watch shows they have only heard about.
Cat videos will be replaced by farm animals, like goats , jumping about. Oh, wait.  Well, aside from the last bit that has happened already.
 
2021-10-22 10:02:29 PM  

Eravior: ChubbyTiger: Eravior: It'd help if they didn't have such a crappy culture. Outside of drinking, St. Patrick's Day, drinking, leprechauns, and drinking, they've got shiate. Scotland seems to be a lot more fun.

Never been to either, have you? Both countries are lovely, with gorgeous landscapes and (generally) nice people. The Irish have better music, though.

Spent a couple months in Ireland. What you and I have said aren't mutually exclusive. Sure, the people and land are nice, but their culture's dull.


Don't feed the trolls
 
2021-10-22 10:12:20 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: Back in the olden days we watched line by line to in order to sprain our wrists.


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2021-10-22 10:28:20 PM  
They don't need intertubes. They can deliver those packets via currachs.

Hands: Currachs
Youtube E1uTlZH2HJ8
 
2021-10-22 10:31:39 PM  
Aye and a fine bit o' cable fixing we did then so we did.
 
2021-10-22 10:35:47 PM  

Rereading TekWar: [Fark user image image 720x540]


Not before time.  Relying on the Cyber Cafe, was getting old.


I guess they won't need the pigeons as much now., for the CPIP.
 
2021-10-22 10:36:40 PM  
Oh yes, Lord Summerisle, this is what made the remake so ridiculous
 
2021-10-22 10:41:23 PM  

The Third Man: Can you explain, Father Dougal?

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2021-10-22 10:58:33 PM  

rickythepenguin: Only old, old, old school Farkers/TotalFarkers will remember the "ORLY" thing.....


I've been lurking on Fark for 20 years? What is wrong with me?
 
2021-10-22 11:56:34 PM  
That'll make it easier for an entire town to win the lottery
 
2021-10-23 12:04:29 AM  

Karma Chameleon: And years from now they will do a study about why everyone there is angry and depreased.


Or how half the population turned into red-hat-wearing, conspiracy theory morons who think BREXIT was the best thing EVAR, and how they're trying to convince TFG to build a golf course on the island.
 
2021-10-23 12:31:04 AM  
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2021-10-23 1:50:24 AM  
In an open letter, it promised "fewer people than would fit in a couple of Amtrak carriages

Welp, glad I can count on Slate to provide unadulterated quotes. What else are you taking privileges with, Slate?
 
2021-10-23 4:14:38 AM  

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just was gonna post now finally the sheep can sleep peacefully at night
 
2021-10-23 7:06:52 AM  

rickythepenguin: Only old, old, old school Farkers/TotalFarkers will remember the "ORLY" thing.....Wife and I were in the west of Ireland, these tiny, tiny, small towns.  pre-smartphone. Cellphones were a "thing" but the US carriers had no service in the UK at the time.

in Dublin and Cork, we'd find internet cafes and they had spotty service.  we'd find the odd internet cafe in Cahookiverceen-upon-Doolin-by-Carrickf​ergus-antrim;  these tiny, little towns.

they had the fastest internet we'd ever seen.

We buy an hour of internet, i send emails to family and friends of how awesome Ireland is, upload some digital pictures, and in my last few minutes, jump on fark.  every farking thread had the ORLY owl.  I was like, "what the fark?"

that's my fun story about shiatty ireland cafes, thank you, I have enriched your life with this enchanting tale.


Just wanna say, my two weeks in Ireland was a farking blast. I loved every goddamn minute there.
 
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